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Is it Time to Move On
from Your Current Job?
Dr. Greg Ketchum, 03/19/05
With the economy and jobs picture getting better
it’s a good time to evaluate if you should move
on from your current job. A recent survey by
the Society for Human Resource Management found
that 35% of employed people are actively looking
for a new position. If you’re thinking about
leaving your job here are some factors to help
you decide if now is the time.
First, here are some critical mistakes and
key success factors concerning making the decision
to leave your current employer.
3 Critical Mistakes
- Leave abruptly out of anger or to get revenge
on your employer.
- Let fear of change stop you from changing
jobs when its time to go.
- Start slacking on the job after your give
3 KeYS TO Success
- Talk over your reasons for leaving and action
plans with a trusted friend.
- Choose a job that aligns with your personal
- Pick a position where you can make a difference
& tap your potential.
Here are some action steps to help you successfully
decide if now is the time to leave your current
- Leave for the Right Reasons: Make
sure your reasons for leaving are things that
can’t be fixed or aren’t your own problems
that you’ll take with you to a new job. Be
prepared to talk about your reasons for leaving
at new job interviews.
- Have Another Opportunity in Hand: The
best option is to have a written job offer
in hand before leaving. Failing that, have
several opportunities identified that offer
you more than your current job and that you
have a greater than a 75% probability of landing.
- Leave Gracefully on a High Note: Be
sure to give proper notice and leave your
position in great shape for the next person.
You may want to maintain contact with people
at your current job as part of your professional
network. You may also look to do part-time
or consulting work for your old employer some
If All Else Fails And You
Can’t Decide Whether to Stay or Leave
Take Time Off: Get
away from the job for a few days and reflect
on your decision. See how you feel not being
at work & compare that with how it feels
to go back. I think you’ll then know what you
need to do.
Remember, it’s your life. It’s time to step
up and get more than just a paycheck out of
your job. After all, you spend about 60% of
your time there.
If you’ve got work or career topics you’d like
to see us address just send me an email at email@example.com.
®2005 All rights reserved. Gregory
A. Ketchum, Ph.D.